Proposed Downtown Tech Campus Unveiled
On July 23, Westlake Development Partners presented its long-awaited development proposal for a multi-phased Downtown Tech Campus site, which will be located on a vacant site west of the Downtown San Leandro BART station. Last night, local residents and business people attended a community workshop to view the initial site plans for this office campus that will total about 400,000 square feet when it is fully built out.
Westlake is eager to complete the planning entitlement process for Phase 1, a 6 story, 132,000 square foot office building, by the end of this year. Construction could start as soon as Summer 2014.
The Downtown Tech Campus, along with the proposed affordable 200 unit Cornerstone Apartments east of the BART Station, represent the first two major transit-oriented developments under the City’s acclaimed Downtown TOD Strategy and will bring a substantial number of residents and new jobs. Other benefits to the community include:
- Leveraging Lit San Leandro and providing much-needed office space;
- Strengthening downtown businesses;
- Increasing public transit ridership especially for BART; and
- Attractive and sustainable urban design.
The Planning Commission will hold a work session at 7 pm on August 15, 2013 in the Sister Cities Gallery in City Hall to review the Downtown Tech Campus proposal and seek public input. Westlake is scheduled to present finalized plans for approval by the Planning Commission and City Council over the next several months.